“A Global Laughing Stock”

June 21, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

The Washington Post leads this morning on how the critical players in the Gulf disaster are all hiring public relations consultants like they are going out of fashion to try and repair their battered and bruised images. BP, according to the paper, “has assembled a formidable team of Democrats for its Washington lobbying and public-relations … Read More

From Humpty Dumpty, to Mr Bean to Mr Has-Been..

June 18, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

Did we get any real answers from Tony Hayward yesterday when he appeared before an influential Congressional cmmittee? No Did we get the truth from Hayward, currently depicted as the most hated man in America? No All we got from Tony Hayward was stone-walling, evasion and a deadpan panto of going through the motions.

It’s Time for the Truth, Tony

June 17, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

Yesterday was yet another gaffe from BP, but thankfully it was not yet another one from the company’s CEO Tony Hayward. This time it was the company’s chairman who was speaking to the media for the first time. As he left the White House, BP’s chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said: “We care about the small people. … Read More

A Vital Week for BP – Will it Sink or Swim?

June 14, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

So the viral joke on the internet is that whether it be oil spills or footballs – England can’t contain either. After England goalie Robert Green’s disastrous mistake against the US on Saturday night at the World Cup – can England get anything right? For  BP there have been many weeks that have ebbed and … Read More

IEA Says BP Spill is a “Game Changer”

June 11, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

The last 24 hours of news reporting of BP’s oil spill in the UK has shifted from the devastation being wrought on the Gulf of Mexico into one where politicians and businessmen are lambasting President Obama for his “anti-British” rhetoric. A British backlash has begun. True this morning the BBC leads with the news that … Read More

BP: Bye-Bye Dividend Payout

June 10, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

What is being played out now is really quite astonishing. Just a few days ago, BP’s dividend was a seen by City investors as a line in the sand that could not – and would not be – crossed. For BP not to pay would be unthinkable. But the unthinkable is becoming thinkable and increasingly … Read More

BP: Brand Pollution

June 9, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

The general consensus – in the mainstream media and blogosphere – is that Tony Hayward is now toast. He will probably survives long enough to give evidence to Congress next week, but more and more people are betting he will be gone by Xmas. Obama banged another nail in Hayward’s coffin yesterday when he said … Read More

Revealed: BP’s PR Company’s Links to Number 10

June 4, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

BP’s spin machine kicked up another gear yesterday as the company started airing adverts on American television showing the company’s embattled Tony Hayward apologising to those affected by the spill. “We will get this done. We will get this right,” says  a contrite looking Haywood at the end. The adverts come on a crucial day … Read More